Gameday Preview: Panthers Vs. Senators

Florida Panthers

3-4-0

VS.

Ottawa Senators

3-5-1

The Ottawa Senators are coming off a 5-2 victory over the Phoenix Coyotes on Tuesday hoping to win consecutive games for the first time this season.  The Sens are trying to create momentum, as are the Florida Panthers. While Ottawa had themselves a nice finish to their season last year, and were hoping for that to continue this season.  No such luck yet.

Daniel Alfredsson just scored his 1,000th point, and Sergei Gonchar just played his 1,000th game.  So it’s been milestone month for Ottawa.  Now all we need is for Uncle Jack to come back and coach them to the Stanley Cup!  Alfredsson leads the Sens in goals, assists and points.  Also, Alex Kovalev seems to be coming out of his deep summer sleep.  But then again, tonight is another night.

Brian Elliott should be in goal tonight and is 2-1 in his last three games.  Pascal Leclaire is out with a groin injury.

The Panthers meanwhile are up and down, and most likely still feeling the sting of the Colton Orr interference goal against the Leafs.  They better get that out of their minds cause there’s other things to worry about.  Like scoring.  We can’t win scoring one goal per game.  The lines are going to be changed.  According to George Richards here’s the possibilities:

David Booth-Stephen Weiss-Rostislav Olesz
Chris Higgins-Shawn Matthias- ?-Steve Bernier
Cory Stillman-Marty Reasoner-Radek Dvorak
Steven Reinprecht-Mike Santorelli-Michael Frolik not sure who’s taking his place.
Little Stevie is still on the first line and it’s time for a demotion.  I’m not saying move him to the third cause he’s not a checker, and he’s not an energy guy, so let’s not put him on the fourth line either.  At least let’s get him down to line two.  He just doesn’t deserve top line minutes right now.  Face it everyone, he’s not a number one center!
The Panthers are 1-3 on the road this year, and while they have been in every single one of those games, the results must improve.  Stop feeling satisfied with the effort.  Last I looked there’s no column in the standings for it.
The Sens lead the series 35-26-3, with a good portion of those wins coming by the direction of Uncle Jack, the master paint dryer!  Cory Clouston who now leads Ottawa has had some success, but from what I’ve heard is getting a bit hot under the collar and at this early point in the season isn’t pleased with their effort.
Here’s the stats for what you need to know about tonight’s tilt. TSN.

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Topics: Daniel Alfredsson, Florida Panthers, Little Stevie, Sergei Gonchar

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